Architect George Washington Smith launched the California trend known as the Spanish Colonial revival nearly 100 years ago. Smith was a person who left Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. Once Smith became a wealthy businessman, he relocated to Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle pursuing on his painting interests. However, he was humbled when he learned that citizens loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems. He only used authentic materials from Spain and celebrated new and old world styles. Today Smith’s works are enjoyed for their beauty and thorough design. He is known as a founding father to Santa Barbara, while continued generations of architects note his artistic ability. Kenny Slaught appreciates the keen attention to detail required to design a structure of such splendor.

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